Re: Programmed Ignorance, Uploading & Speed Limits
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 23:42:53 -0500

In a message dated 96-12-22 16:45:03 EST, you write:

<< Yeah but if you don't augment yourself fast enough you'll be left behind
and archaic and eventually become incompatable with the operating system
and die. Also uploaded beings with more power and processing speed will be
able to augment faster than you and be many times more creative and
intelligent than you and thus discover anything new in any material you
could possibly have access to before you get there and thus never be able
to climb the tree.>>

At that point you would be confined to engaging in activities the poor of
today cannot. I'm talking about the wonderful virtual realities envisioned
for uploads. The capital required to maintain such worlds for slow AIs would
be a fraction of the GNP of the upload community. You could think of it as a
brighter version of today's welfare money (insignificant really) being spent
on drugs (what those who have nothing meaningful to offer do).

<<>My personal view is that individual identity will cease to have meaning in
>world of uploads. Communication between individuals could be so complete
>that one could not tell where one ends and the other begins.

Ughh! I don't want to become a borganism. >>

The trend was started when organisms began communicating. It has become more
pronounced with the development of cellular technology. Many religions dream
about it (become one with God/Heaven/Universe sort of thing). This rapid
communication is why I support the view that Tipler's Omega Point will be one

Dan Hook